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# Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories

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Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was als the first Swedish writer to win

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and lansscpare of northern Swedan, and novelist Selma Lagerlof in 1909 became the first woman as well as first Swedish writer that won

C. Selma Lagerlof was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storis about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in 1909 she becaome the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storie about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Salma Lagerlof became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlof turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won
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22 Nov 2012, 04:03
A. The opening phrase should modify Selma Lagerlof - Incorrect
B. A conjuction 'and' is not required and the sentence on either side is a clause, which is not required - Incorrect
C. 'In addition to' splits the sentence in to 2 parts, changing the intended meaning of the sentence. Also, 'to win', instead of 'winning', should be used as it is idiomatically correct - Incorrect
D. Correct
E. Placement of 1909 is wrong and 'that' should not be used to refer to people. - Incorrect

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16 Sep 2014, 07:47
nutshell wrote:
A. The opening phrase should modify Selma Lagerlof - Incorrect
B. A conjuction 'and' is not required and the sentence on either side is a clause, which is not required - Incorrect
C. 'In addition to' splits the sentence in to 2 parts, changing the intended meaning of the sentence. Also, 'to win', instead of 'winning', should be used as it is idiomatically correct - Incorrect
D. Correct
E. Placement of 1909 is wrong and 'that' should not be used to refer to people. - Incorrect

Just my line of thought. Please feel free to point out my mistakes.

Correct me if i am wrong, but i think D made a double subject mistake, because we have "A novelist" as a subject and then Salma Lagerlof is another subject. Am i missing something?
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16 Sep 2014, 14:30
tieuieutinh92 wrote:
nutshell wrote:
A. The opening phrase should modify Selma Lagerlof - Incorrect
B. A conjuction 'and' is not required and the sentence on either side is a clause, which is not required - Incorrect
C. 'In addition to' splits the sentence in to 2 parts, changing the intended meaning of the sentence. Also, 'to win', instead of 'winning', should be used as it is idiomatically correct - Incorrect
D. Correct
E. Placement of 1909 is wrong and 'that' should not be used to refer to people. - Incorrect

Just my line of thought. Please feel free to point out my mistakes.

Correct me if i am wrong, but i think D made a double subject mistake, because we have "A novelist" as a subject and then Salma Lagerlof is another subject. Am i missing something?

Hello.

Nope. "A novelist who...." is an absolutely phrase (or appositive phrase/modifier) that modifies the real subject "Salma Lagerlof". i.e. The Lion, the biggest animal of the cat family, always preys at night. "the biggest animal" is just modifier.

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01 Sep 2015, 01:11
But, but... My private totur was always telling me that "AND ALSO" is a redundant usage...
(or was it only in listing items?)
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20 Nov 2016, 21:32
How can option D be the correct choice. Isn't And Also redundant?

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How can option D be the correct choice. Isn't And Also redundant?

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Yes, your observation is valid - "and also" is generally considered redundant in GMAT.

Although some grammarians suggest that if special emphasis is required on one of the items, then "and also" may be used, for GMAT the "and also" usage is not expected to be seen in a correct answer.
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22 Nov 2016, 01:05
kuttingchai wrote:
Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was als the first Swedish writer to win

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and lansscpare of northern Swedan, and novelist Selma Lagerlof in 1909 became the first woman as well as first Swedish writer that won

C. Selma Lagerlof was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storis about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in 1909 she becaome the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storie about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Salma Lagerlof became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlof turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won

In answer choice E most of people said that place of "in 1909" is wrong .... Is it because "in 1909" modifies "Selma Lagerlof turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden" or because "becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won" is ing form which modifies main clause and "in 1909" should come after "becoming the first woman"
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22 Nov 2016, 02:32
kuttingchai wrote:
Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was also the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A. Turning away from literary realism to write romantic stories about the peasant life and landspace of northern Sweden, in 1909 Selma Lagerlof was the novelist who became the first woman and was als the first Swedish writer to win

B. She turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and lansscpare of northern Swedan, and novelist Selma Lagerlof in 1909 became the first woman as well as first Swedish writer that won

C. Selma Lagerlof was a novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storis about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, and in 1909 she becaome the first woman in addition to the first Swedish writer winning

D. A novelist who turned away from literary realism to write romantic storie about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, Salma Lagerlof became in 1909 the first woman and also the first Swedish writer to win

E. As a novelist, Selma Lagerlof turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden, in 1909 becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won

In answer choice E most of people said that place of "in 1909" is wrong .... Is it because "in 1909" modifies "Selma Lagerlof turned away from literary realism and wrote romantic stories about the peasant life and landscape of northern Sweden" or because "becoming the first woman and also the first Swedish writer that won" is ing form which modifies main clause and "in 1909" should come after "becoming the first woman"

The second reason you mentioned is more valid here than the first.
Another major problem with E is the use of the relative pronoun "that" to refer to a person.
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